Lionsgate has allowed the "Saw" franchise to lay dormant for nearly two whole years now, which might be two more years than anyone might have expected given the success of the franchise. However, it seems like the studio has had enough of "Paranormal Activity" dominating October and have begun early discussions about the future of the "Saw" franchise, which might be receiving a sequel or a reboot.
Bloody-Disgusting has sources indicating that Lionsgate is "tinkering" with the idea of rebooting the franchise, though an "eighth film isn't out of the cards." While these talks are at a very early stage, it seems likely that the next film will try to untangle itself from the complicated web spun over the last seven films, which told a complex, continuity-heavy story.
That said, since the original isn't even a decade old, a full-on remake or reboot seems similarly unlikely, though it's difficult to take anything for granted in Hollywood these days. The most logical progression would a softer reboot that uses the first seven films as a vague launching pad for its own story; after all, it seems like Jigsaw had no shortage of accomplices and apprentices in those films to carry on his legacy.
Regardless of what direction the series takes, rest assured that Jigsaw will return in some capacity, whether it's in the form of a copycat or a newly-cast John Kramer to replace Tobin Bell in the role. Of course, Hollywood also loves prequels these days, so we might go back in time again (though with "Saw IV" providing the origin story, that seems a little unlikely).
Seasoned horror fans need no rumors or hints of Jigsaw's return even if "Saw 3D" was dubbed "The Final Chapter"; after all, Jason Voorhees had two final chapters that weren't, and Freddy Krueger famously returned after "Freddy's Dead." You can't keep a good serial killer dead, and Jigsaw looks to be no different.
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